Questions: Stats, Forest, Sounders, Toronto, ECA

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Feb 28, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's edition, Tony looks at Major League Soccer's all-time statistical leaders, Nottingham Forest's league position, and an upcoming attendance record in Toronto.

At the end of this coming MLS season, could Landon Donovan be the all-time MLS leader in any statistical categories?

He's currently third in goals, with 115 and sixth in assists with 94. With Jeff Cunningham topping the goal scoring charts at 134 and Steve Ralston in assists with 135, at least two more seasons is probably more like it for Donovan to top those lists.

How bad are things at Robbie Findley's Nottingham Forest?

Not so bad at all, considering they're out of the relegation positions and have put together a recent run of form. Forest defeated Jonathan Spector's Birmingham City this past weekend, 2-1. Two wins and a draw out of their last four league games have pushed them up the table. They're three points clear of Coventry City (who occupy the last relegation spot), with a game in hand.

This was Birmingham's only loss of their last six league games.  Jeff Lynne's favorite club are fifth in the Championship, seven points behind second-place West Ham with 14 matches to play.

How was the Sounders preseason trip to Mexico? Excellent preparation for their CONCACAF Champions League series against Santos Laguna, right?

First, Atlante FC pulled a bait-and-switch, moving a friendly to a training ground and sending out a reserve squad. Then, a good part of the squad got sick. Still Sigi Schmidt put a positive spin on the trip, saying his team gained valuable experience playing against teams that play differently than most MLS teams.

Seattle has a friendly against Jaguares de Chiapas tomorrow in Seattle, their first game on the new turf at CenturyLink Field installed after the gridiron season concluded.

How many tickets have Toronto FC sold for their Champions League home game against the Galaxy next Wednesday?

More than 45,000, according to this report in the Toronto Star. The Star plays the easy Beckham angle to the game, but that does a disservice to the fans of Toronto and their level of support for TFC.

How likely is it that the European Club Association will get their way and limit the number of official international friendly dates?

This is the latest in the club vs country controversy, and FIFA is unlikely to simply give the European clubs what they want.  What today is dueling press releases could easily turn into open animosity.  The European clubs don't speak for the rest of the world, but they certainly represent many of the most valuable brands in soccer.  That UEFA has already agreed in principle on reducing the friendlies makes this a complicated issue for world soccer.

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